Publication Fund

Leonard Hastings Schoff Publication Fund

Leonard Hastings Schoff (1884 – 1978) was a textile manufacturer, economist, and educator. In 1948, he was appointed as Associate Member of the University Seminar on Rural Life (1945-1968), for which he was an active and continuous participant. He was also a member of several other seminars, including: Population and Social Change (1949-1992) and Human Maladaptation in Modern Society (1964-1987). In 1961, he was granted the status of “Life Associate” of the University Seminars. This category was established by Frank Tannenbaum primarily for founding members, and provided Dr. Schoff with lifetime privileges.

Dr. Schoff believed that the purpose of the Seminars was to be a place for the “development of ideas into instruments of social usefulness.” In 1970 he and his wife, Suzanne Levick Schoff made a bequest to the University Seminars to assist in the publication of learned manuscripts or monographs produced under the auspices of The University Seminars in the fields of economics, sociology, psychology, penology, or the behavioral sciences, and already approved for publication.

The Leonard Hastings Schoff and Suzanne Levick Schoff Memorial Fund has been used to support hundreds of authors whose scholarly work was presented and discussed at a University Seminar prior to publication.


Schoff publication funds can be used for indexing, translating, technical editing, illustrating, or other publication costs of manuscripts or monographs produced under the auspices of The University Seminars in the fields of economics, sociology, psychology, penology, or the behavioral sciences which have already been approved for publication. Other funds are sometimes available in other fields, including the sciences.

Before applying, the following two conditions must be met:

  • The book or article must be accepted by a peer-reviewed academic publisher. The alternatives of self-publication and print-on-demand publication need to be justified to the Committee and may be recommended for consideration as an exceptional case by the Advisory Board.
  • Some or all of the publication was influenced by participation in a University Seminar; a portion of the work was presented and discussed at a University Seminar, and that discussion affected the book.

If you are interested in submitting a request for subvention funding, follow the link below to our submissions site. Choose “Schoff Publication Fund” from the list. Please read the guidelines carefully.


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